During this time of year, the normal routine often gets thrown out of the window and we switch things up a bit. Here are some ways to enjoy a healthy, happy rest of 2023 and into the New Year with five ways to stay off the naughty list this holiday season.
Don’t Give Puppies as Presents. Pets, especially young ones, take a lot of time to play with, walk, and groom. Cost is also a factor as dogs require food, vet visits, collars, leashes, toys, and replacements for things too irresistible not to chew! Animals are a 10-20 year commitment and should never be a surprise, even if previously discussed.
In fact, “Shelter populations increase after the holidays as there are a lot of those pets that are surrendered because a family is unprepared for them,” says Dr. James Barr, clinical assistant professor in emergency and critical care at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Keep Canines Safe. Be diligent in not allowing dogs even a little taste of fatty foods, grapes, raisins, citrus, pitted fruits, chocolate, sugar-free treats, onions, garlic, poinsettias, lilies, holly, and mistletoe. Consumption of any of these may result in a pricey trip to the emergency clinic.
Prepare Pets for Guests. For those who love to host gatherings in their homes, this can be a busy season. New sounds, smells, and people have the potential to overwhelm some pets, so take care to offer plenty of enriching toys, keep pets inside during chilly weather, and provide a quiet space if necessary.
Enclose the Christmas Tree Stand. Water is great for living Christmas trees but may contain dangerous oils or chemicals which could harm your pet. A sealed-up stand and plenty of fresh water nearby should keep drinkers at bay.
Make the Season Special. Get your furry friends a pet-safe toy, outfit, or bed which reflects the holiday spirit. A local New Braunfels pet store has over 45 items for Christmas cheer alone!
Be merry and bright, and love those pups! Happy Holidays to All!